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The book itself is excellent, although very intense. Eye-opening about the extent of violence against women and girls, and inspiring in terms of the stories of people who have challenged the status quo and brought about important changes.
However, be aware that this unabridged book is abridged in some places. I was reading along in my Kindle version, while listening, only to discover that a section of text was left out. At the end of Chapter 4, the print version has this text included in the last paragraph, but it is eliminated from the Audible version: "In 2009, Mukhtar married a policeman who had long pleaded for her hand. She became his second wife, making Mukhtar an odd emblem of women's rights, but the marriage proceeded only after the first wife convinced Mukhtar that this was what she genuinely wanted. It was another unusual chapter in an unusual life."
I haven't been comparing the print and Audible versions systematically, but now I'm wondering what else was eliminated (censored?). If the book were listed as abridged, I would have no problem with text being left out. But the fact it's identified as unabridged and then eliminates text makes me angry and mistrustful of other Audible books. Add to this the fact that the text that was eliminated contains content that would be uncomfortable to many Western, Christian sensibilities and I get even more angry. Is someone censoring Audible's books?
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Women are the most under utilized resource in third world countries. By bringing you personally into each of the girl's lives, and describing in great detail each story as it unravels, you become entwined in their circumstance. You wonder if each one lives, dies or prospers through their terrifying story. Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn bring the plight of injustice and brutality of women in third world countries to your heart and mind through first hand experiences. You will read about sex trade and how the men who run the brothels keep the girls addicted to drugs, about gang rapes which often end up in mutilation, causing fistulas where feces and urine can no longer be contained, about lack of health facilities, birth control and education. You will read about violence and abuse of wives, not only by their misogynistic husbands, but also by their mothers in law, and you will understand what FGM is (female genital mutilation or "cutting").
This is not an easy book to get through, it is hard and real life, but not without at least giving you some hope to help. What I took away from this, is even I can make a difference. The authors explain in detail about micro financing and how you can loan small amounts of money, which will empower women to rise above their situations. They give examples of organizations who pair you up with real people so you can see first hand your positive results. Through Organizations like Kiva, Women for Women Int., Heifer Int., Girls Learning Int., American Jewish World Service and many others, you can actually make a difference in someone's life. When I was finished, I couldn't wait to do my part. In summary, although this book is enlightening, it is also preachy, but without bringing these stories into your soul, and tugging at your conscience and heart strings there would be no change in the world....change that is so badly needed.
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